In 2019 I painted a piece called 'By the Light of the Moon', for this piece I took the same scene but zoomed out to extend the scene. So you can see the owls resting upon the tree branches, and the other animals watching over their village.
- Kerry Darlington
A magical composition in circle format, Walking Each Other Home is a vision in midnight blues and soft silver leaf. The highly anticipated follow up to last year’s title showpiece, By the Light of the Moon, this new work reveals the wider scene of woodland animals meeting under the silhouette of a winter-sparse tree. Guarding the village below, the king of the woods is accompanied by a wolf howling towards the luminous full moon suspended in the sky above. With crooked chimneys reminiscent to her wonderful Godric’s Hollow series, plus references to celebrated works such as The Wise One and Breath of the Wild; Walking Each Other Home unites ideas that have underpinned Kerry Darlington’s practise for over two decades.
Layering the entire composition with deep blues, purples and teals, Darlington prepared the board with a richness of tone long before any detail of the composition was applied. Contrasting with the exceptional delicacy found in the minute brushstrokes to bring to life every strand of fur on her cast of four-legged creatures, Walking Each Other Home is a triumph of naïve themes, crafted from the mind and paintbrush of one of the most talented contemporary artists working today.